NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/30/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Flyers, Devils, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 30, 2014
As the first round in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs comes to a close, we’ve got some very intriguing Game 7s to look forward to this evening. Before we get settled in and see who’s going to be advancing, let’s take our daily look at the headlines and see who’s in the news. Here’s the latest.
Wayne Simmonds, RW, Philadelphia Flyers: After falling behind 2-3 to the Rangers in the first-round best-of-seven series, the Flyers got their revenge in Game 6. They flat-out embarrassed New York, getting it done on both sides in a 5-2 rout. Simmonds had a hat trick as part of a very aggressive Philadelphia attack, while goalie Steve Mason anchored the defense on 34 saves. Claude Giroux also helped out on a goal and two assists.
It’ll be winner-take-all tonight in New York, with the series going to the victor. Make sure you’re tuned in.
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Jake Allen, G, St. Louis Blues: Now let’s move on to some other business from around the league. Yesterday, Blues GM Doug Armstrong made some strong indications toward the team’s plans for next year. Those plans apparently include Allen, who will be one of the Blues’ top two goalies in the coming season.
St. Louis has some decisions to make in the off-season when it comes to their net-minders. Brian Elliott and Ryan Miller will become free agents, and the general consensus seems to be that the team would be more prone to retaining Miller. We’ll just have to wait and see, though.
Jaromir Jagr, RW, New Jersey Devils: It looks like New Jersey will be getting some more Jagr next season. The 19-year veteran said yesterday that he has a deal in place to return for the 2014-15 campaign, and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello calls it “close, but nothing signed.”
We won’t know anything for sure until the team makes a formal announcement, but it seems that Jagr’s prospects of returning to the Devils next season look pretty good. It’s probably the best scenario for all involved. The 42-year-old Jagr led the team in scoring this past year with 67 points. He would be a free agent in July.
NHL Daily Schedule: That’s it for the first round; We’ll see who will complete the revised playoff picture after tonight’s matchups. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at NY Rangers (TSN, NBCSN, RDSI, CSN-PH, MSG)
9:30 PM ET:
Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche (TSN, CNBC, RDS2, FS-N, ALT)
10:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks (CBC, RDS, NBCSN, PRIME, CSN-CA)
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